The National Federation of Education (FNE) wants the Government to hire at least one computer technician for each school group to ensure the maintenance and operation of computers, otherwise “there will be no digital school”.

The Digital School program, which provides for the phased distribution of computers by students in public schools, is underway, but there is a lack of computer technicians to solve the problems that arise with the equipment, the FNE secretary general warned in statements to Lusa.

João Dias da Silve met today with the Secretary of State for Education, Inês Ramires, with whom he discussed the matter and asked for the urgent hiring of these professionals. “We will not have a digital school if we only put computers there. Investing in equipment is not enough, it is also necessary to invest in people and specialized IT technicians are needed ”, defended João Dias da Silva.

Currently, most educational establishments rely on the help of their computer teachers, or they resort to “skillful in-school”, according to reports that arrive at the FNE. But, for João Dias da Silva, “there is no digital school with the use of the skilled. They have to be technicians who know what it is about and who systematically guarantee the maintenance and operation of the equipment ”.

Since the end of the past period, kits started to reach schools that have been distributed to students (first to secondary school students and those with more economic needs). The plan is to assign about 300,000 computers during the current school year. However, when computers arrive at schools “they need to be worked on”, warned Dias da Silva. Maintaining equipment, updating software, ensuring that networks are secure and that platforms are running smoothly is a job that requires “technicians who are permanently specialized”.

The FNE defends that this cannot be a work carried out by computer teachers, who “have other responsibilities and competences: they cannot become technicians for maintenance and repair of computers”.

In addition to computer technicians, FNE once again called attention to the “general lack of non-teaching workers, similarly to what has happened in other years”.

João Dias da Silva recalled that this lack forced several services to be closed in the 1st period of classes: “There were closed libraries, closed stationery stores and other services that did not work because there were not enough workers”, he lamented.

On the announcement by the Ministry of Education of a reinforcement of workers and the revision of the ratios of ratios that increased the number of employees again, João Dias da Silva warned that “the hiring processes are very slow” and that many of the “new employees ”Are people who already worked in a precarious way and become part of the staff.

“There is a high level of precariousness. The school needs more workers who are absolutely essential to be able to fulfill its mission ”, he said, arguing that this reinforcement should not be done with the use of temporary contracts.

Today’s meeting served to discuss the allocation of non-teaching staff but also to assess how the 1st period went, which FNE is unable to see as positively as the tutelage.

“The Ministry stressed the fact that this academic year has resumed the classroom activity, but we do not have an image that everything went well. The pandemic [de covid-19] revealed weaknesses and brought instabilities, especially for students with less social background, since there was a reinforcement of inequalities ”, lamented Dias da Silva.

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